Los Angeles Lakers may keep their young core for the next season. After a dismal season, where the young guys had been inconsistent, veteran power forward Brandon Bass was an exception.
Playing for a 17-win Lakers‘ team, Bass stood out as a consistent and a reliable player, but the 11-year NBA veteran sets to decline his player’s option and hit the free agency market this season as an unrestricted free agent.
Whether playing at his normal power forward position or starting as a center, Bass made his presence felt on the court for a team which struggled hard to find the rhythm throughout this regular season. Bass’ job became difficult as his young and inexperienced team-mates failed to show consistency.
What will the 11-year-NBA veteran do this summer? He has a player’s option. Bass earlier revealed that he was unsure of taking the player’s option. But according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, Bass is destined to decline his player’s option to become an unrestricted free agent.
Lakers F Brandon Bass to decline 2016-17 player option, become unrestricted free agent this summer, league source informs @clevelanddotcom.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 20, 2016
Bass’ decision isn’t surprising as the salary cap will increase this summer and his player’s option is only worth $3.1 million next season. It’s likely that he would get a better contract as a restricted free-agent. He might return at Los Angeles Lakers on a new deal after exploring his options and gauging the trade market, which according to the experts, is a sensible thing to do.
Boss shot a career-high 54.9 percent from the field this season. Though his numbers in terms of points & rebounds went down. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, but the experienced power forward, athletic and capable of playing hard and hit jumpers will always be pursued by the NBA teams.
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